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Grapevine, The


Published 1958


While trying to address the problems of gossip in the workplace, this film does an excellent job of offending everyone involved the overreacting manager, the nosey secretary and the chattering female grapevine participants. Shown to audiences nowadays, you can see folks flinch every time a female employee is referred to as a "girl."


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Production Company Calvin Company
Audio/Visual sound, b&w
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Reviewer: Film Fan - - July 28, 2011
Subject: Overblown, But Fun!
In a very concentrated and over-the-top manner, this film starts a discussion on the very real problem of office gossip. It ends with a discussion question: "How *can* you keep rumors from getting started?"

I would be the first to respond: "Fire everyone in the room!" In fact, at my wife's employer, office gossip is grounds for termination. Everyone's cranky in this film. The boss always seems to be in a bad mood and the office staff stages a mutiny. But, in only 7 minutes, we can see the problems that can arise when changes aren't properly communicated to the staff and tongues start to wag inappropriately.

I really enjoyed this film and I'm sure the administrators and office staff, who were the intended audience, enjoyed it as well. I'm sure there were laughs around the room as everyone saw themselves carricatured. I would love to see the Teacher's Notes from this film. Great fun!
Reviewer: bryanf37 - - January 17, 2009
Subject: No closure
I was really getting into the film, but it kind of just ended without telling you how to combat office gossip.The ending was a graphic saying "How can you keep rumors from getting started?" and I was waiting on the answer. Oh well, it is a nice film I guess.
Reviewer: bestpbx - - June 30, 2006
Subject: Fugitives from Women's Prison movie?
The women in this film all look like they belong in a Women's Prison Movie. The woman who plays "Sally" would make a great prison guard.

These sereotypes in this film are staggering. The "girls" are shrill gossips and the manager (who of course in those days HAD to be male) is a hapless buffoon.

This film is a hoot.
Reviewer: GE_Pretzel - - June 29, 2006
Subject: The ears are on duty, but logical reasoning is on extended vacation in this office!
The Grapevine is another humourous installment in the cadre of workplace issue films produced by the Calvin Company. Busybody secretary Helen informs her equally snoopy colleague Alice that rumours are flying about which suggest that their jobs may be in jeopardy due to a company takeover. Fearing for her livelihood, Alice tells her boss, Mr. Stone, that she is extremely worried that she may have to seek employment elsewhere should the supposed restructuring plans commence. She soon learns that the rumours are unfounded, and Mr. Stone, aghast by her naivety, exasperatingly urges her not to take stock in unsubstantiated hearsay. Alice doesn't learn from her mistakes, however, and quickly ignites a ruckus in the office when she hears some out of context remarks made between Mr. Stone and a representative from a computer company. It isn't long before all of the women in the office suspect that they're going to become victims of automation, and when two of them confront their superior in his room, he is unfortunately forced once again to explain the situation and assuage their worries while chiding them for jumping to conclusions about matters they clearly know nothing about. If Mr. Stone has enough trouble dealing with the rumours flourishing from the grapevine in his work environment, how well would he be able to cope in the Internet age?
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - September 19, 2004
Subject: Those Catty Girls!
Mr. Stone, head of the accounting department, is frustrated because the "girls" (they are always referred to that way) in his department are constantly flying off the handle in response to wild rumors heard on the office grapevine. He wonders why they don't just ask him about stories they've heard, but he is totally clueless to the fact that when they do ask him about anything, he bites their heads off. Then, suddenly, we're in Centron-landÃÂÃÂthe film has a ÃÂWhat do you think?" ending. The sexism in this film is both blatant and subtle, which was typical of the time in which it was made.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest:****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: eduardo.t. - - September 10, 2004
Subject: the grapefine..
The American Dream.
I guess it is here: the steady office job, and the steady boss.
There is the nice string music in the background, and I think of Martinis and the Cha Cha Club; my long lincoln continental; yes, my office job of forever...Percy Faith and The Theme From the Summer Place...
The American Dream...
Reviewer: eduardo.t. - - September 10, 2004
Subject: the grapefine..
The American Dream.
I guess it is here: the steady office job, and the steady boss.
There is the nice string music in the background, and I think of Martinis and the Cha Cha Club; my long lincoln continental; yes, my office job of forever...Percy Faith and The Theme From the Summer Place...
The American Dream...
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